The Definition of Performance The Standard for Quality

The Definition of Performance
The Standard for Quality
NVIDIA Quadro® FX 5500
graphics board is the industry
highest performance professional
graphics solution for CAD, DCC,
and visualization applications.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 ultra-highend graphics shatters performance
limits facing CAD, DCC, and
visualization applications. Armed
with a radically new graphics
architecture engineered to address
the most demanding challenges,
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 delivers
33.6GB/sec. memory bandwidth
and a 256-bit memory interface with
support for 1024MB ultra-fast GDDR2
memory. Featuring two dual-link DVI
connectors, NVIDIA Quadro
FX 5500 offers the industry’s best
image quality at resolutions up to
3840 x 2400.
The NVIDIA Quadro FX family
delivers on the promise of the
industry’s fastest PCI Express®
workstation graphics solutions.
Featuring NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500,
FX 4500 X2, and FX 4500 at the
ultra-high-end, NVIDIA Quadro FX
3500 and FX 3450 at the high-end,
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 and FX
1400 at the mid-range, and NVIDIA
Quadro FX 560, FX 550 and FX 350
at the entry-level, NVIDIA Quadro
FX delivers unmatched workstation
performance and quality. CAD,
DCC, and visualization applications
acquire a new level of interactivity by
enabling unprecedented capabilities
in programmability and precision. For
the first time, styling and production
rendering become integral functions
of the design workflow, shortening
the production process and enabling
faster time to market.
Form Factor
Frame Buffer Memory
Memory Interface
Memory Bandwidth
Max Power Consumption
Graphics Bus
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI
Auxiliary Power Connectors
Number of Slots
Thermal Solution
NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
ATX, 4.38" x 9.0"
1024MB GDDR2
PCI Express x16
DVI-I, DVI-I, Stereo
Yes (2)
Yes (1)
Active Fansink
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 Key Features and Benefits
Highest Workstation Application
Next-generation architecture enables over 2x improvement in geometry and fill rates with the
industry’s highest performance for professional CAD, DCC, and visualization applications.
1GB Ultra-Fast GDDR2
Delivers high throughput for interactive visualization of large models and high-performance
for real time processing of large textures and frames and enables the highest quality and
resolution full-scene antialiasing (FSAA).
Unmatched Color Precision
Full 128-bit precision graphics pipeline enables sophisticated mathematical computations to
maintain high accuracy, resulting in unmatched visual quality. Full IEEE 32-bit floating-point
precision per color component (RGBA) delivers millions of color variations with the broadest
dynamic range.
Next-Generation Vertex and Pixel
NVIDIA Quadro FX GPUs introduce infinite length vertex programs and dynamic flow control,
removing the previous limits on complexity and structure of shader programs. With full support
for Vertex and Shader Model 3.0, NVIDIA Quadro FX GPUs deliver sophisticated effects never
before imagined for real-time graphics systems.
Unparalleled Subpixel Precision
12-bit subpixel precision delivers high geometric accuracy, eliminating spreckles, cracks, and other rasterization anomalies.
Hardware-Accelerated Pixel Read-Back
Greater than 2.4GB/sec., pixel read-back performance delivers massive host throughput, more that 10x the performance of previous generation graphics systems.
Rotated Grid FSAA (FSAA)
RG FSAA sampling algorithm introduces far greater sophistication in the sampling pattern,
significantly increasing color accuracy and visual quality for edges and lines, reducing
“jaggies” while maintaining performance.
NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ technology is the combination of high-definition video processors and
software that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise
image scaling for SD and HD video content. Features include, high-quality scaling, spatial
temporal de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high quality HD video playback from DVD.
Dual Dual-Link Digital Display
Dual dual-link TMDS transmitters support ultra-high-resolution panels (up to 3840 x 2400 @ 24Hz on each panel) — which result in amazing image quality producing detailed
photorealistic images.
NVIDIA SLI Technology
NVIDIA SLI technology enables dynamically scalable graphics performance, enhanced image
quality, and expanded display real-estate.
Supported Operating Systems
• Microsoft® Windows® XP (64-bit and 32-bit)
• Microsoft Windows 2000 (32-bit)
•Linux® - Full OpenGL® implementation,
complete with NVIDIA and ARB extensions
(64-bit and 32-bit)
• AMD64, Intel EM64T
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500
128-bit color precision
Unlimited fragment instruction
Unlimited vertex instruction
3D volumetric texture support
Single-system powerwall
12 pixels per clock rendering engine
Hardware accelerated antialiased points
and lines
Hardware OpenGL overlay planes
Hardware accelerated two-sided lighting
Hardware accelerated clipping planes
3rd-generation occlusion culling
• 16 textures per pixel in fragment programs
• Window ID Clipping Functionality
• Hardware Accelerated Line Stippling
Shading Architecture
• Fully programmable GPU (OpenGL2.0/
DirectX 9.0c class)
•Long fragment programs (unlimited
•Long vertex programs (unlimited
•Looping and subroutines (up to 256
loops per vertex program)
• Dynamic flow control
• Conditional execution
High Level Shader Languages
• Optimized compiler for Cg and Microsoft®
• OpenGL 2.0 and DirectX 9.0c support
• Open source compiler
Where to buy NVIDIA Quadro
High-Resolution Antialiasing
• 12-bit subpixel sampling precision
enhances AA quality
• Rotated Grid Full-Scene Antialiasing
• 16x FSAA dramatically reduces visual
aliasing artifacts or “jaggies” at resolution
up to 1920x1200
Display Resolution Support
• Dual dual-link DVI-I outputs-drive two
digital displays at resolutions up to
3840 x 2400 @ 24Hz
• Internal 400 MHz DACs – Two analog
displays up to 2048x1536 @ 75 Hz
NVIDIA nView Architecture
• Advanced multi-display desktop &
application management seamlessly
integrated into Microsoft Windows.
NVIDIA Quadro is available through major US OEMs, PNY Technologies
(US and Europe), Leadtek (Asia-Pac), and ELSA Japan. Please visit for information.
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